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Group Work Honoring our Roots, Nurturing our Growth



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Whiting & Birch Ltd


This paper provides an overview of the evolution of online technology – how the technological revolution of the computer, the Internet, and mass access to new communication devices has impacted our lives with a speed and universality that is unprecedented. It discusses the natural and understandable resistance of many skilled and renowned group workers towards the use of these new modalities. It addresses the numerous benefits that technology has to offer us, and the critical and timely need for group workers to make the conceptual shift to embrace these modalities. A case is made for group workers’ ability to take a leadership role in the development of effective, efficient and ethical online groups across disciplines and fields. Finally, an online resource center and a live meeting of educators interacting via online technology are demonstrated.


ISBN: 978-1-861771-25-4


Author Posting © Whiting & Birch Ltd, 2012. This article is posted here by permission of Whiting & Birch Ltd for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Group Work Honoring our Roots, Nurturing our Growth, November 2012,

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